The Honey Bee Encounter

September 21, 2016  •  2 Comments

Scouting locations has become a critical part of my daily activities. I'm always on the lookout for a great place to take photographs. In preparation for a model shoot for "The Dancer Sessions" we found ourselves at the Hughes House in Benton, Louisiana. I round the corner to find this scene and I automatically think, "I wanna do that!"

Honey Bee EncounterHoney Bee EncounterMacro pics I took after I interrupted a rescue underway at the local town square. Anybody who knows me, knows I don't have a shy bone in my body. So, I proceeded rapidly to introduce myself and get straight to the point...... Can I please take some pictures? Jeremy Hammet and Drew Ruegg of Drew Monk Apiaries (look them up on FB) were not only informative and open to my ideas, they were just as excited as I was. I was assured I would probably not get stung as long as I didn't make any sudden movements and remained calm.

 

Honey Bee EncounterHoney Bee EncounterMacro pics I took after I interrupted a rescue underway at the local town square.

 

I snapped a few pics from a reasonable distance and they were quick to show me how safe I would be.
Honey Bee EncounterHoney Bee EncounterMacro pics I took after I interrupted a rescue underway at the local town square. That was enough for me. "Greg! I'm gonna need my macro lens! I'm going in!", I  yelled,  as he was quite a ways away. 
Honey Bee EncounterHoney Bee EncounterMacro pics I took after I interrupted a rescue underway at the local town square.

Greg took this shot on my phone, from his safe distance.

Honey Bee EncounterHoney Bee EncounterMacro pics I took after I interrupted a rescue underway at the local town square.

So, to rescue these bees, they first stuff the hive with pine straw and provide a way for them to safely enter the above box, to be removed after they've all relocated to the new home.

Honey Bee EncounterHoney Bee EncounterMacro pics I took after I interrupted a rescue underway at the local town square.

I was informed that the "pollen baskets" on the back of their legs is a way to store food.

Since, I'm not an apiary afficianado, I'll leave the educating to Drew and Jeremy and Wikipedia. Please enjoy the macro shots I got. I will say, it was quite nerve wracking to have bees all in my hair, crawling all over my legs, etc and try to maintain a steady macro shot with no tripod.
 
Honey Bee EncounterHoney Bee EncounterMacro pics I took after I interrupted a rescue underway at the local town square.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I'm satisfied with the images I got and, most of all, the experience I had. I just spoke to Jeremy and I've been invited at any time to get suited up and do a real "photo shoot" with bees! I'm stoked! Thanks guys for what I hope is a continued relationship for many more great shots!  Kissing?

 
Honey Bee EncounterHoney Bee EncounterMacro pics I took after I interrupted a rescue underway at the local town square.
 
Honey Bee EncounterHoney Bee EncounterMacro pics I took after I interrupted a rescue underway at the local town square.
Honey Bee EncounterHoney Bee EncounterMacro pics I took after I interrupted a rescue underway at the local town square.

 

 

 

 

 
 

Comments

Betty Hammett(non-registered)
Great pictures of the bees and since Jeremy is my son I like that he and Drew were pictured also . Bee keeping is fasinating to see and omg the honey Drew and Jeremy harvest is amazing!
Drew Ruegg(non-registered)
We had a great time meeting you guys as well. Anyone who is willing to jump in the deep end with us, well it's impressive! We would love to have you out in one of our bee yards, and next time we might even give you a suit. lol
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